Coronavirus information for prospective students, applicants and offer holders (2022 year of entry)
Thank you for your interest in Lancaster University.
Our attractive campus has high quality facilities and accommodation with plenty of space both indoors and outdoors for you to socialise, play sport and relax. We are preparing to welcome our students back to campus for the start of the 2022-23 academic year, and are committed to ensuring that whenever possible our students can enjoy the full range of campus facilities. We have enhanced our support services and provided increased flexibility so that students can access academic, health and wellbeing advice and support when they need it.
We anticipate that university life will be close to normal. There is high availability and take-up of COVID-19 vaccines in the UK, and testing is readily available on campus and in the local area. We are following the latest advice from the UK Government, Universities UK and Public Health England, and our priority is the welfare of our students and staff. We have put in place a number of measures to keep our students and staff safe, and these will continue for as long as necessary.
We understand that for many people around the world the ongoing pandemic presents a very challenging situation and it may be difficult to make plans for the future. We will continue to provide clear information and support, and always aim to be as flexible as possible.
Throughout the pandemic we have complied with UK government guidance and we are ready to adapt our plans if needed to keep our students and staff safe. This page will be updated regularly and we will write to offer holders directly with any important updates. We recommend that you visit this page regularly and sign up for our email updates.
This page was last updated on 06 October 2021.
Information for all prospective students
Will teaching be on campus, online or a mixture during the academic year 2022-23 and beyond?
For on-campus courses, we expect most teaching to be in-person, with our courses taught mainly in lecture theatres, labs and seminars as before the pandemic started. We may retain some online teaching where student feedback has been especially positive about this mode of learning, but this will complement in-person teaching.
Throughout the pandemic we have followed the latest advice from the UK Government, Universities UK and Public Health England and we will continue to do so. We will remain ready to adapt our plans and do more online if needed to ensure we keep our students and staff safe.
Will study abroad and placement years go ahead?
We are planning for these opportunities to go ahead in 2022-23 and beyond, and will do all we can to ensure that this can happen. However, our primary concern is student safety: that means we will only permit year abroad/placements to proceed when we are confident that our safety criteria will be met, including compliance with UK government regulations and any relevant international guidance. The opportunities will also be dependent on the regulations of the country where you are planning to study.
In the unlikely event that your placement or study abroad cannot go ahead, we will consider with you any viable alternatives or variations that may be available. If you choose not to study abroad or undertake a placement then, where this is not a compulsory component of your degree or required for professional accreditation, you would be able to complete your studies on a non-study abroad/placement variant.
When will I need to arrange my accommodation?
After you have applied and accepted an offer of a place at Lancaster, you will receive an email from our accommodation team with further information about the application process. Further details are available on our accommodation pages.
What should I do if my exams or results are delayed?
We recommend that you contact your school, college or university in your home country for further information on how this may impact your final grades.
If you think your exams or results will be affected and you have received an offer from us, please keep us updated with your situation:
My academic performance has been disrupted due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Will the University take this into account?
We know the past two years have been extremely difficult and that many students are worried about their grades. We recognise that most students will have experienced disruption to teaching, coursework and examinations. We want to assure you that we will be as flexible as possible when considering your applications and results.
Will I be able to get part-time work?
Our in-house agency the Employment and Recruitment Service (ERS) provide information and guidance to help you find paid work during your time with us. They provide diverse opportunities from specialist roles within specific faculties such as web or scientific development to more broad ranging roles such as student ambassadors, campus tour guides or staff for our many on-campus retail and hospitality outlets.
We regularly employ students to help with specific events such as open days as well as ongoing roles such as content creators for our many social media accounts and video caption editors to help make our resources accessible to all. These roles provide excellent opportunities to gain transferable skills and increasing your prospects for future employment.
ERS has strong links with our Careers Service and we can provide support in applying for roles, from updating your CV to interview practice.
Many of our students find that completing part-time work alongside their studies enhances their enjoyment and the social side of their time with us as well as enhancing their employability.
I have deferred my place, what do I need to do?
For the time being, you can relax and make the most of the coming year. We will look forward to welcoming you to Lancaster University in due course.
If there is information outstanding for your application, please send this to us when you have it.
We will keep in touch with you over the coming months and hope you will join in some of our forthcoming events, either online or on campus.
If you are considering changing your plans, please contact either:
I'm attending an event on campus, what do I need to know?
This information is for prospective students who will be attending an event on campus such as an Open Day or Campus Tour.
At Lancaster, we enjoy welcoming visitors to our attractive campus and pride ourselves on our inclusive, friendly community. While the majority of the rules the UK government had introduced during the Coronavirus pandemic have been removed, we will continue to have measures in place to help students, staff and campus visitors protect themselves and each other.
The following guidance is designed to help keep you and those around you safe, so we respectfully ask you to follow this guidance if you can.
We encourage you and your guests to:
- Use the hand sanitisation stations that are provided on campus.
- Bring a mask to wear in indoor spaces, if you are able to wear one.
- Make plenty of space between you and other visitors.
In advance of your visit, we will ask you to let us know about any particular requirements or adaptations that are needed for you or your guests. Please ensure that you respond when asked so that, where relevant and possible, we can take this into account when planning the event.
Please carefully read and follow any guidance you receive from the University in advance of your visit as we collectively strive to keep our community safe.
We will continue to monitor UK Government guidance and liaise with Public Health England, and we will adapt our guidance if necessary to keep visitors, students and staff safe.
Additional information for international applicants
Questions about international admissions Accordion
How do I get my CAS number and apply for a visa?
If you require a student visa to study in the UK, you'll need a Confirmation of Acceptance for Study (CAS) from us for your visa appointment. You won't need to request a CAS, we will generate a CAS when you're eligible to receive one. The process for issuing a CAS cannot start until your offer is unconditional and we have received your passport details.
While waiting to receive your CAS, you can find full details of the student visa application process on the UK Government website and you can also find more information on our visas and immigration pages.
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As an international student, will I be able to get a COVID-19 vaccine in the UK?
COVID-19 vaccinations are widely available in the UK. Anybody aged 18 or over in the UK is eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination free of charge, regardless of their nationality or immigration status. Find out more by visiting the NHS website and the UK Government website.
Although it is not essential to register with an NHS doctor (GP), we advise you to do so when you arrive at Lancaster University and to ask your GP's practice for advice on which vaccinations you should have. If you have already had one or more vaccinations, you should ask whether any further vaccination is advised. When you register with a GP, you will receive an NHS number.
While registration with a GP is encouraged, you can request to book COVID-19 vaccination appointments as an unregistered patient through a local GP practice.
COVID-19 vaccinations do not count as the kind of care that requires payment in the UK. You, or anyone seeing requests for payment, should report this activity to the University and to Action Fraud. More information on COVID-19 vaccine scams is on the Action Fraud website.
I have applied to study at Lancaster as an incoming Study Abroad or Erasmus+ student, what do I need to know?
Incoming SA or Erasmus+ student: 2022-23 entry
What help is available for me to find accommodation?
If you are from a partner university outside the EU/EEA, you are guaranteed University managed accommodation provided you apply by the deadline.
EU/EEA/Swiss students coming to Lancaster can apply for University accommodation although we are unable to guarantee that you will be allocated a room. Should you apply for campus accommodation and are unsuccessful, the Accommodation Team will support you in finding alternative accommodation. You can find if you would rather book something off-campus.
We will contact you with information about how to apply for accommodation.
When can I apply for a visa?
We will send all confirmed applicants an e-letter for visa purposes and further information about entering the UK to study as part of the application process..
What if my circumstances change and I now wish to withdraw?
We understand situations can change and you may wish to withdraw your place with us. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and ensure you let your home university know.
Unfortunately, we are unable to assist with other expenses occurred as part of the application process such as visa costs.
Information for anyone arriving from outside of the UK
We are ready to welcome students from overseas and will do all we can to support you with travel and arrival. For the latest information about travelling to the UK, please check the UK Government website.
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